Sabarna Roy is a much awarded, critically acclaimed bestselling author of 6 literary books: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020. He is the lead author of a technical book, which has been published from the European Union and has been translated into 8 major European languages.
He has been awarded the Literoma Laureate Award in 2019, Literoma Star Achiever Award 2020, Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018 won the best book of the year 2019, the A List Award for excellence in fiction by the NewsX Media House, Certificate for The Real Super Heroes for spreading a spirit of positivity and hope during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Forever Star India Award 2020, the Certificate for Participation in the Indo Russian Friendship Celebration 2020, and the Literoma Golden Star Award 2020: Lifetime Achievement.
First of all, please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a Senior Engineering Professional and a Literary Author of six books and the Lead Author of a Technical Book that has been translated into eight major European languages.
Tell us something about your latest book ‘Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020’.
Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020 comprises a novella and a poem cycle.
The novella, in the background is a sweetly evolving dialogue between a step-father and a step-daughter, and in the foreground it is a dissection of ideas pivoted around dualism of human life by discussing literary characters like, Lolita, Humbert Humbert, Anna Karenina, and Nikhilesh; thought-leaders like Hegel, Marx, and Heisenberg; political phenomena like, the Bolshevik Revolution; schizophrenia, love as an idea, and the secret love story of T S Eliot; and ecological phenomena like, marine conservation, and all of this is done in a unique way, almost as if we are engaged in a conversation with the author, to make us realize the plurality of life and accepting it to find peace and harmony in life.
The poem cycle is an anthology of 20 sharp edged poems that excite and thrill you as you are encapsulated in the whirlwind of the confrontations between the poet and his alter-ego.
You have written 6 books, please throw some light on them.
Pentacles is my first book. Pentacles comprises one novella and four long narrative poems.
Frosted Glass is my second book. Frosted Glass comprises one story cycle consisting of 14 stories and one poem cycle consisting of 21 poems.
Abyss is my third book.Abyss is a full length play in two acts with an interval in between. It is essentially a crime thriller full of suspense.
Winter Poems is my fourth book. The poems contained in this collection, were inspired by the relatively mild season that prevails in Kolkata following the season of festivities, the Durga and Kali Puja, and portray myriad shades of human life.
Random Subterranean Mosaic 2012 – 2018 – Time frozen in myriad thoughts is my fifth book. It is a kaleidoscope of random, yet structured to a pattern, fiction, semi-autobiographical, and autobiographical pieces, covering poems, short-shorts, opinions, observations, and conversations. Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020 is my sixth book. It comprises a novella and a poem cycle. The novella deals with dualism of life and the poem cycle is a duel between the poet and his alter-ego.
Are all the books of same genre or different?
All my six literary books are of different genre.
Which genre you enjoy writing the most?
Did you always want to become a writer?
It was in July 2007 that I wanted to be an author seriously.
How do you handle negative feedback?
I keep myself insulated from praise or brick-bats. As an author, my job is to only write and write.
Are you planning other books? How soon can your readers expect your next book?
In 2021, I plan to publish two books – one is a kaleidoscope based on my journals and the other on the Pandemic.
How has your journey as an author been so far?
It has been a learning and satisfying experience.
Who is your favorite Indian and foreign author?
Among Indian authors it is R K Narayan and among foreign authors it is Albert Camus.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are of course full of admiration!
Any message for your readers?
Read more books and support and appreciate and critique living authors.